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Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird Manual: An Insight into the Design, Operation and Maintenance of the Secret US Cold War Reconnaissance Aircraft (Haynes Owners Workshop Manuals) [Hardcover]

Steve Davies , Paul F. Crickmore
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2 Aug 2012 Haynes Owners Workshop Manuals
Throughout its 34-year Cold War career with the USAF and CIA, the top secret Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird spy plane was the world s fastest and highest-flying operational manned aircraft. Dedicated to strategic reconnaissance, the Blackbird was so fast that no other aircraft could catch it. The co-authors are world authorities on the Blackbird and give rare insights into the secret world of the SR-71, its genesis, construction and anatomy (including its use of stealth technology), and its operation and maintenance in peace and war. Amazing under-the-skin insights. The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird was one of the most secretive aerospace projects of all time. Rare and detailed photographs and technical illustrations. Acclaimed expert author team of Steve Davies and Paul F. Crickmore.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (2 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857331566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857331564
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Steve Davies is an acclaimed freelance aviation photojournalist based in Cambridge, England. Paul F. Crickmore is the world authority on the SR-71. He was given privileged access by the CIA and USAF to the top-secret world of the SR-71.

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5.0 out of 5 stars the most amazing aircraft...explained 30 Nov 2012
By ClifB
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This book is a fascinating study of perhaps the most amazing aircraft ever built and how it emerged in a world where technology, risk and pushing every envelope were the normal state of affairs. In a more peaceful world (in a global sense) like we have now, nothing like this will ever exist again as the momentum for keeping that step ahead has gone. I will always remember seeing the blackbirds fly at selected air displays and take off for operational sorties from RAF Mildenhall. The SR-71 is a remarkable machine in 2012, so its impact in the mid 1960s can only be imagined.

The book clearly illustrates how each and every aspect of the design was a huge technical challenge and to think that it was done in the age of analog computing is even more remarkable. It is divided into a sensible and logical series of sections that together give a good understanding of the technology, design and operation of this machine, plus the experiences of the crews that flew them.

A fascinating read for enthusiasts and for the casual reader alike.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 22 Oct 2012
By G. Dack
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Probably the most detailed account of the life and times of an unique aircraft whose likes we will never see again. Built in the sixties when the Ford Capri was the height of sophistication, the aircraft still holds various speed & height records for a manned aircaft, I believe. What does come across is how it was so demanding to fly and maintain - I dread to think what the real workshop manual would look like. Excellent book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great except for the binding of cutaway diagram! 10 Nov 2012
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This book has a great amount of technical detail without making it a textbook or maintenance manual. One minor gripe is I wish that the publisher would allow for the binding in the double page spread for the sectioned diagram, as much of the detail is hidden in the binding and there is no way to recover this information/detail without literally cutting the pages out of their binding!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read.... 21 Oct 2013
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Nicely balanced between a full-blown nuts & bolts guide to the aircraft and a pretty picture book. Definitely recommended for anyone with even a marginal interest in the subject - a worthwhile read when there's nothing on the TV ;)

If buying it as a gift, I'd suggest it would be suitable for anyone of teenage years and upwards. It's probably a bit too 'technical' for younger kids.

A worthy purchase - I for one will be buying a few more titles in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GET THIS BOOK - A REMARKABLE READ 13 Oct 2012
By Mr. P. J. R. LEWIS TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I did not think the Haynes manual on the Apollo Lunar Module and Saturn V Moonrocket could be excelled for the quality of information given but here is a book that has surpassed all my expectations.

When you see a new publication about possibly the most impressive jet ever built being the Lockheed SR71 you hope that there may be yet unbublished photographs and new information to discover on this remarkable jet.

I can promise you some of the photographs are totally new and one in particular will make your eyes pop out, if you buy the book you will know the photograph i mean, it's only a shame it covers two pages because i think the photograph was taken from onboard one of the refuelling aircraft and would make a trully remarkable poster for any enthusiasts wall.

What marks this book out as something really special is the new information about how the jet was built and operated, and possibly for the first time we are taken on a very detailed tour of the jet.

It's almost as if the American Government have decided to release all the blueprints and technical knowledge surrounding the jet.

Take the fuel tanks and the various fuel pumps controlling the Pratt & Wittney engines, we are told how many there are and where in the jet they are situated and how they are constructed.

Also the design of the wheels and tyres including their dimensions right down to the exact pressure they took aswell as the special silver paint that covered the tyres to aid cooling due to the extreme temperatures they had to endure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift 4 Feb 2014
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For anyone really interested in planes this is a great gift my son in law was very pleased with this
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5.0 out of 5 stars SR-71 30 Jan 2014
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Once upon a time - if someone told you it even existed, they would have to kill you !

Now its in a museum & you can stroke it, how time (& SR-71s) fly !

A good read, a tribute to those who flu it !

dj
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